French Election Debate

Institutional and Political Issues
Date: Tuesday, 02 May 2017 19:00 - 21:30

Venue: Maison de la Francité; 18 rue Joseph II - 1000 Bruxelles  |  City: Bruxelles, Belgium

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The French presidential election represents the first test for “the establishment” after the so-called populist victories in the US and UK.
Sure, it can be argued that we already had other important votes in-between, such as the Italian constitutional reform referendum; the Austrian presidential elections and the Dutch general elections, but it is also clear that the French and German election will captivate all the political attention of the next few months and will likely shape the future of the European Union itself.
In this regard, underneath the battle between globalization and nationalism another confrontation is taking place. What should be the role of the EU in the future and what position should the Member States adopt towards it?
While in Germany both candidates have a pro-EU attitude (Guy Verhofstadt would disagree), in France we have the clash between a real anti-EU candidate Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron who is not only trying to run on a “double liberal” (both politically and economically) position but that is accompanying it with the most pro European Union stance among all the candidates. He has risen fast in the polls, both thanks to the scandals of his adversaries and his position as an outsider of the establishment, but are this gains only temporary? How will his agenda fare against a duel with the Front National’s leader? Will he soften his position on the EU to accommodate some of the fringes? Will this commitment to the EU put him at odds with the electorate or, on the contrary, provide him the final boost to a successful campaign?


- Nicolas Baygert: professor at the Université Libre de Bruxelles et de Science Po Paris, an expert in political communication

- Frederico Reho: researcher of the think tank “"Wilfried Martens Centre for European studies”

- François Marien: Policy advisor for "En Marche" and CEO of "DisaGo Consulting, agence de conseil dédiée au handicap".

At the end of the debate we are pleased to invite you to a networking reception with complementary drinks!


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All Dates

  • Tuesday, 02 May 2017 19:00 - 21:30
  • Sunday, 02 April 2017 19:00

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